If anyone is still researching the cause of the thinning rolls of newspaper readership, they should check out the latest editorial in the Daily Press. It shows how truly out in the stratosphere the views of those in the venerable press corps actually are.
They give advice to the General Assembly and with any luck, Democrats will listen to the advice they give in “Calling all legislators” and Republicans will just let the phone ring.
The Daily Press wants a raise in the gas tax, calling it “reasonable” and calling it a “basic responsibility.” A tax increase is a basic responsibility? The legislature would be lucky if we didn’t turn the Chesapeake Bay into the high-octane Boston Tea Party.
The Daily Press compares marijuana to caffeine, and says that since a soda is legal, so should marijuana. Did they go to a Grateful Dead concert once and see folks passing around Diet Coke? “Hey man, don’t bogart that Pepsi.”
I encourage every Democrat to vote for drug legalization in Virginia. Please.
Elections are a problem for the press, too. Voters must have too much say in government according to the press, making government (I know this is a radical notion) accountable to the voters.
So they want to get rid of a few (elections, not voters, although I don’t think they’d oppose the latter either). Sheriffs, Treasurers, Commissioners of Revenue, Clerks of Court. The Daily Press thinks judges and City Managers should pick these people, and not anything as destructive as elections.
They continue their hatred of elected officials by saying that they shouldn’t draw district lines, contrary to 200 years of this little experiment called “elected representation.” The Daily Press sides with “appointed representation” with their support for an “independent redistricting commission.”
Why would a newspaper have such consistent hostility against elections?
On to education, where the Daily Press thinks there are just too many Virginians attending Virginia’s top colleges and universities. They oppose a proposal to a 70% level of in-state students for these schools. We could talk for hours about why a Virginia newspaper would want to turn away a Virginian student in favor of a Massachusetts one, while pushing local students out of state.
There are two words I can think of if Democrats actually answer the Daily Press’ urging to raise taxes, legalize drugs, oppose voters and keep Virginians out of college.